Vincent J. Musi - Where the Wild Things Live

Where the Wild Things Live

  • Vincent J. Musi, Photographer

“For the longest time science could just never accept what most pet owners know—that animals think and feel. But proving that they have thoughts and emotions is a lot of what this work is about.”—Vincent J. Musi

For more than 30 years, award-winning National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi has covered diverse assignments—from traveling Route 66 to global warming, life under volcanoes, and Sicilian mummies. But an unusual twist of fate has led him to the highly unpredictable world of animal portraiture. Musi gets up close—almost too close—to his unique subjects, despite the fact that they growl, bark, roar, bite, hiss, claw, poop and pee on him.

With his trademark witty sense of humor, Musi taps into his inner Dr. Dolittle as he shares stories from his encounters with some extraordinary animals, including a bonobo with a 300-word vocabulary and a crow that makes and uses tools. He visits some exotic pets, the world’s deadliest snakes, rodents of unusual size, and other animals you’d never expect to see in someone’s living room. Musi will also present his Year of the Dogs project, a work in progress celebrating the beauty and character of these amazing creatures we welcome into our homes, families, and lives.

You’ll enjoy this offbeat odyssey into the surprising world of animal (as well as human) behavior.

Vincent J. Musi
About the speaker
Vincent J. Musi, Photographer

Using humor and sharp wit, Musi takes us on a tour of humanity, into Earth's oldest temple, across Route 66, through Texas Hill Country and deep inside volcanoes.

Speaker Highlights
Blessed with impeccable comic timing, Musi serves as M.C. at the coolest annual event in photography, the Look3 Festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Musi began his career as a sports photographer.
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